According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for special education teachers in 2012 was $55,060. However, the annual salary for a special education teacher can vary according to factors such as time spent in a given school district, post-secondary degrees held and previous experience in an educational setting.
The minimum educational requirement to work in the field is a bachelor's degree, although advanced studies may provide the opportunity to increase earnings. Candidates for special education positions must also meet state and local professional requirements, such as licensing, to be considered for employment. Job growth is expected to be slow, estimated by the BLS at 6 percent through 2022.